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by Doug Moore

Deicide at Gramercy Theater 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Deicide

As you may remember from a few weeks back, Deicide and Broken Hope spent most of October on an North American tour with Disgorge. The tour hit a rough patch on Tuesday (10/22) when several fans were stabbed during Broken Hope's set in El Paso, TX. (A suspect has since been arrested.) Things only got worse yesterday, when Deicide frontman Glen Benton purportedly kicked Broken Hope off the last few dates of the tour. Seems like kind of a silly move, given that only a handful of dates remained (the last is tonight), but Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner was ticked off enough to post the following (and since deleted) rant to the band's Facebook:

"El Paso... first a maniac wielding a box-cutter cuts 3 fans at our concert--one ear-to-ear (thankfully all the victims are going to recover), then we learned that Glen Benton is kicking us off the 'No Salvation Tour'. It was a helluva night. Since we started this tour, we've had to endure Glen Benton's constant bitching and ultimatums. He was always trying to snip our balls and demanded that we couldn't use our fog machines and on some nights, we couldn't use our backdrops or other production elements because he had issues with all of it. With respect to the headliner, we abided. Moreover, in efforts of friendship, good tour vibes, and because we're simply cool fucking guys, we let Glen Benton and his band use OUR BACKLINE because they didn't want to bring all their gear on tour!

"Specifically, we let the headliner use our cabinets and Glen Benton used our entire bass rig--head and cabinet--since his own bass head failed him early on. While we were generous with our backline, not once did Benton thank us, offer us a dime, or even lift a finger to help move anything--and he fucked up our bass head numerous times with his resetting the EQ, etc., despite us politely asking him NOT to mess with the bass tone we dialed in. Gee, with all the money and free gear Benton brags about to us daily, you'd think he'd do something about getting his own rig.

"Things got ugly in El Paso when, after we learned Benton had lost our bass rig cables and once again fucked with our bass head, so, we put our foot down and told him he couldn't use the head anymore. Note: we still allowed Benton to use our cabinets for their show.

"That said, Benton threw an EPIC hissy-fit and immediately kicked us off the tour! He booted Broken Hope from the tour simply because we refused to let him use our bass head! What bullshit. Now, even though that lame reason is what Benton used to get rid of us, I believe there's more to the story here. During this entire tour Benton has given BH and our crew nothing but a shitty attitude and has tried to sabotage our production every day for no good reason. Though Benton blocked us from using our fog machines, he couldn't stop us from using our professional soundman, nor stop us from giving concertgoers an amazing and high-powered show. The fact remains--as all our show attendees have seen--we fucking handed Glen Benton his ass every night of the tour and he couldn't keep up. Benton and his caravan of mini-van drivers couldn't touch our live show--even on our worst night.

"Benton sent Shaun Glass a text last night, threatening to break his jaw if Shaun badmouthed Benton. Well, I'm calling Benton out right now because his bullshit is old, fake, and he ain't scaring anyone. Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, egomaniacal bully. He menaces everyone from bands and fans, to promoters and booking agents. How he maintains a career is beyond me. And this time, he fucked with the wrong band. Karma is a bitch, Benton.

"On behalf of Broken Hope, I'm sorry to the fans who won't see our performances in Dallas and Austin. You all know it's not our fault... we'd give you all a free show if we could. Thank you all for the support, for coming to our shows, for all the love you've given our "Omen Of Disease" album, and for understanding the bullshit and temper tantrums we've had to put up with on this tour."

Yikes. It's a safe bet that these two bands won't be touring together again any time soon.

Check out some live footage from the Deicide/Broken Hope tour's NYC stop and an interview with Glen Benton below.

Continue reading "Glen Benton kicks Broken Hope off Deicide tour; Broken Hope guitarist responds on Facebook"

photos by Diana Wong

Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 8/28/13
Bear's Den - Forest Hills, Queens - August 29th, 2013
Bear's Den - Forest Hills, Queens - August 29th, 2013

"Yes, Forest Hills, Queens, New York. We just can't believe you all came. This is amazing," keyboardist Ben Lovett said. "We were like, 'Are you sure you can invite 17,000 people to a tennis court?' It hasn't happened in a long time." [ABC News]
After years of not hosting music, Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium (which had booked The Beatles, The Stones, and others back in the day) reopened as a music venue on Wednesday (8/28) with a show from Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, and Bear's Den. With more shows being planned for the next two summers, this one acted as a bit of a test run, and it wasn't without its obstacles.

Certain fans who had already purchased tickets were reportedly turned away from the show, not because it was oversold, but because the venue was having trouble getting people up to the second deck. For those who were turned away, the promoters are offering refunds on tickets. A statement (via Jambands.com) reads:

Dear Patrons,

We are writing to acknowledge some issues with tonight's Mumford & Sons concert at Forest Hills Stadium. As many of you know, this was the first show in many years at the stadium, and we collectively experienced the growing pains that come with re-opening a new venue.

We hope you enjoyed the show, but we will gladly offer full refunds to those of you who did not have an optimal experience at the stadium. We can assure you that we are working with City Officials and City Agencies to improve conditions and make sure everyone who comes to a show in Forest Hills has the best experience possible.

If you would like a refund, please contact Front Gate Tickets Support.

On behalf of the West Side Tennis Club, WSTC Events, Bowery Presents and Mumford & Sons, we apologize for any difficulties and thank you for taking the chance on joining us for this historic concert.

We hope to see you again soon.

WSTC

The park is on a residential street, and some residents who live in the area were not too happy about the show either. One resident, Tracey Joseph, compared the event to what VMAs did to Brooklyn, writing (via Patch):
I just want to know who the genius was that let a TV show and a concert block traffic and take up parking all in the same week. And residents are mostly annoyed because they gave us no notice about the traffic and parking until a Gardens email yesterday afternoon.
Another Patch reader, Superkitty87, emailed them saying:
We are being told that we will not be allowed in the park during the concert. Furthermore, we will not be allowed out on the sidewalks or in the streets for the duration of the day. We will only be allowed to leave the neighborhood and return home to our apartments. We have every right to be there as we have been every day and will continue to be. We will not stand for this, so than an already overpriced tennis club can make more money.
Other residents reacted more kindly, including some who were interviewed in a NY1 video, who seemed to support the idea of the concerts.

Mixed reviews came from inside the venue too. One attendee emailed Gothamist, writing:

The bathroom and beer lines were insane, and with all the volunteer help, no one seemed to care what happened. Lots of people were smoking around us and they even let my boyfriend and his friend walk in smoking cigars.

It was a fantastic show and lots of fun, even with the girls next to us who spent the entire concert screaming at each other for long periods of time and then dancing entirely too frantically. The band was so fun, they forgot lyrics, jumped over their equipment that they knocked over and just had an amazing time.

Did you go to the show? Or did you experience it from living nearby? If so, how do you think it all went down?

More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Forest Hills reopened w/ Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines, fans turned away, residents complaining & more drama (pics)"

Drake at Jones Beach - 6/16/12 (via Draii Rynell)
Drake

Drake brought his tour with J. Cole, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and French Montana to the NYC area last week for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center (6/12) and Jones Beach (6/16) (and Saratoga, NY show in between - hope you didn't try to get in with your fake ID). The openers on that tour were all in the NYC area earlier this month for Summer Jam, where Drake's Young Money labelmate Nicki Minaj cancelled her headlining performance.

In between the PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach shows, Drake stopped by NYC club W.i.P. at Greenhouse on Wednesday (6/13), where he allegedly got in a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, who both singers/rappers have dated. TMZ reports that bottles were thrown, at least 5 people were injured, and the club was left severely damaged. When the NYPD arrived, Chris and Drake had both already left the scene. You may have noticed cover stories the other day on papers like the NY Post. New "victims" are still coming forward (ready to sue).

Meek Mill, who was on tour with Drake, was there too and spoke to XXL about the incident. He said, "Things just happen in the club. I seen girls in there throwing bottles, all types of shit. All types of people. I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle and I was there." And when asked if he himself threw a bottle, he responded, "Fuck no."

Game was not there for the fight, but he has collaborated with both Drake and Chris Brown on his 2011 album, The R.E.D. Album, and commented on the fight in an interview with BET:

"That's not a cool beef. They both can stop it now and go about they way, go they separate ways and get they money," he said, adding "If them niggas is rappers, I'm encouraging that shit. But if one of those niggas is an R&B nigga, then y'all need to cut that out. We need some songs to fuck to."
NY Post reports that Drake's reps are insisting he did nothing wrong and Drake is refusing to speak to the NYPD. Wall Street Journal also now reports that the club has been shut down by the police.

Meanwhile, at Drake's Jones Beach show on Saturday (6/16), he brought out a number of guests including a Dipset reunion, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, and more. Regarding the Dipset reunion, FADER writes, "The evening's biggest surprise was a four-song Dipset reunion, with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Cam'ron emerging one track at a time to join forces on "' Really Mean It' and 'Salute.'" Check out videos of Drake and his guests below.

Continue reading "Drake's week in NYC: fight w/ Chris Brown, multiple area shows (w/ guests Dipset, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & more)"

by BBG

Bill Ward

We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!

- Tony, Ozzy and Geezer

Burn! Well, that sucks.... in my estimation, Bill Ward is crucial to Black Sabbath. Stay tuned for more fun... they do say the "door is always open."

The above statement (in a Facebook post!) comes in response to the public statement that Bill Ward made about not wanting to sign their contract.

Samhain @ Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin
Danzig

Danzig, complete with Danzig, Samhain and Misfits sets, was supposed to play at 8:15pm at Fun Fun Fun Fest last night (11/4). He didn't finally get on stage until 9:00 which was especially noticeable at the Austin festival which otherwise runs completely on time. You could tell it wasn't the fest's fault too. During the entire 45 minute delay, Danzig's stagehands were constantly doing random stuff, most notably putting up blue tarps on either side of the stage - a clearly unplanned action that was apparently supposed to make the stage warmer. Around 8:45 a guy came out and started crossing songs off the setlist.

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People were booing loudly by the time Danzig finally took the stage.

All seemed to be forgiven though as the intro played and then Danzig belted out his first notes to the chilly and somewhat impatient crowd who were now cheering loudly. Glenn never said sorry for his tardiness though. He was also clearly struggling with his voice thoughout the set and did not seem comfortable on stage. He kept chewing things too (I figured for his throat). He ran off stage during the show twice - once to attack someone I think, and another time to "check the monitor".

After about 30 minutes of Danzig songs, they left the stage and came back with a new lineup to do Samhain which to me was the highlight of what we got. Danzig started the Samhain set masked (see above). Like in NYC, there were different backdrops for each set, but they were having some trouble getting them up and down - which only added to the disaster that was unfolding.

Around 9:50 it was Misfits time. The place went especially nuts as the massive presence that is Doyle entered the stage and they broke into it.

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I was wondering what the curfew was, but optimistically thought maybe they were allowed to go later at this new venue (Auditorium Shores). Wrong. At 9:55 Danzig announces that they're shutting him down in 5 minutes. They had only played 1 Misfits song. He said "don't blame me" and asked the crowd if the organizers ever heard of "a thing called a riot" and urged the organizers to come on stage and tell the crowd themselves.

The crowd was obviously not happy, and Danzig was egging everyone on. By 10:00 we had only heard 2 Misfits songs and the set was over. All power was turned off on the stage. Did Danzig at this point apologize for coming on 45 minutes late? No, of course not. Instead he and the band stayed on stage for about 15 minutes longer riling the crowd up and acting like victims themselves.

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No chanting or threat of riot could get the power back on though and eventually Danzig and band left the stage for good. The crowd hung around though, for a little longer, chanting and throwing bottles on the stage until cops came in and urged eveyrone to go home. Despite screams of "pig" and a few bottles even hitting cops, the cops stayed calm and so did the crowd for the most part. Everyone eventually left.

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The fest has since faced criticism for "shutting down Danzig" by some fans, and so FFFFest booker Graham Williams took to Facebook to tell his version of the story (as one commenter wrote, "I thought Big Freedia was the only Queen Diva supposed to be playing this festival!"). Read Graham's story along with some videos of it all, below...

Continue reading "Danzig drama @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (pics, video & a statement from the booker included)"

OSA Presents @ The Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Chris La Putt)
OSA

Whoah. Earlier today I got a tip, from someone that would know, that the final (August 29th) Pool Party has been cancelled. While trying to confirm that tip, I got the below insane press release from the "Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C.". Adam also happens to be on the board of OSA

"The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) is a nonprofit that raises funds and works with our community, elected officials and the New York City Parks Department, to improve existing parks and help create new parks in North Brooklyn."
There are some weird dates mentioned in the release (update: a fixed press release was sent out), but its consistent with my tip. The press release (which I confirmed with a 3rd source after it was sent) also says August 29th is cancelled. That's the day that was billed like this:
August 29th
SECRET SPECIAL GUEST!
SECRET SPECIAL GUEST!
Delorean
Dominique Young Unique
Basically the press release says that OSA hates Jelly and so no more Pool Parties (except August 22nd with Chromeo which is still apparently happening). I wonder what Schumer thinks. Check it out in full below...

Continue reading "Final Pool Party cancelled, OSA blatantly blames/hates Jelly"

The King Khan & BBQ Show @ Bowery in November (more by Tim Griffin)
The King Khan & BBQ Show

It's hard to take any King Khan news 100% serious. And like many dysfunctional couples, just because King Khan and BBQ are "broken up" doesn't mean they might not get back together. That said, here's the story...

Laurie Anderson's concert for dogs in Sydney Australia was part of the Vivid Sydney Festival, which she and Lou Reed curated. Acts they brought included Holly Miranda, Emily Haines, Boris, Doveman, Marc Ribot and Dave Hidalgo, My Brightest Diamond, Melt Banana and, a favorite of Laurie's, the King Khan & BBQ Show, whose two shows at the fest did not go smoothly. What happened at their gigs isn't exactly clear, but it's been all down hill since an argument after the second one. The blog Rockaliser Baby has details on the group's canceled June 19th show in Seoul, where more drama went down. That was to be the last of three shows in South Korea (they "successfully" performed two nights before in Daegu). Between those posts, King Khan's account of their Australian shows and Mark (BBQ) Sultan's version of the story on the band's Facebook, you could spend an afternoon catching up on everything that happened.

Mark Sultan is currently recovering from the disastrous trip in Cambodia, and though no official statement has been made (except maybe by Mark Sultan in a comment hidden far down on his Facebook wall), all signs point to the group being broken up.

The duo are currently still on the schedule for Sled Island in Calgary June 30-July 1, where King Khan is one of the curators, but the band doesn't have any upcoming dates listed and they did officially cancel other dates (like September 28 at Neumos).

It's not the first time the band has had trouble on the road - most recently, in 2009, their tour manager was arrested mid-tour, forcing them to cancel some shows.

And King Khan made news (TMZ included) earlier this year when he showed his ass to Lindsay Lohan after an Almighty Defenders (a group BBQ is also in) show at Cannes.

No video from these shows in Australia or Korea (yet), but clips from their set at Primavera Sound at the end of May is posted below...

Continue reading "King Khan & BBQ broken up for good? "

DOWNLOAD: The Smith Westerns - Imagine, Pt. 3 (MP3)

The Smith Westerns @ Monster Island Basement (more by Leia Jospe)
The Smith Westerns

Despite rumors that The Smith Westerns were kicked out of Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night for peeing in garbage cans, I heard that it was actually due to the band's insistence on repeatedly getting caught drinking despite their under-21 ages. Not only were they asked to stop consuming alcohol by venue staff multiple times, but they even started drinking Jagermeister straight from a bottle on stage, and were stealing beer from other bands' dressing rooms. Finally, when they were asked to leave, they started breaking bottles in their own dressing room.

The show, one of seven the Chicago band had scheduled during CMJ, was the Kemado & Mexican Summer CMJ showcase. Young Prisms, Farmer Dave Scher, Real Estate, and The Amazing were also on the bill.

"Moseying on over to Music Hall of Williamsburg, for the Mexican Summer/Kemado party, we strutted in just in time to hear someone say into a mike, "Hey, we're the Smith Westerns. We're from Shit-cago." Classy! Honestly, we're pretty sure this band's median age is exactly nine years old. But guess what? We loved 'em! They play sugary-sweet, fuzzed-out garage pop that's so solid, it sounds like their mamas must've pumped Velvet Underground into their cribs. Exactly nine years ago. Let's hope The Smith Westerns can handle the impending fame and not have a VH1 Behind the Music chronicling their demise at 24 years old. [Time Out]
Earlier that day the Smith Westerns played a set at the BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents show at Pianos. Later that night they played the Pitchfork show at Market Hotel. Both without incident.

wonder what happen in ATL? pics, report? van fucked up? or did Jared puss out to the "fag" -Anon Oct. 5 1:49AM

WAVVES show crowd (more by Leia Jospe)
Wavves

After the Wavves/Black Lips fight in Brooklyn on Friday, Sept. 25th, Jared Swilley promised further trouble when Wavves played Atlanta (Black Lips' hometown) this past weekend. More specifically, Jared said, "[Nathan of Wavves]'s coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style."

Well, Wavves did play Atlanta, but without incident, though the show wasn't scheduled for October 3rd (it was October 4th) and the venue had extra security... and no glass bottles.... and Black Lip Cole Alexander in attendance. The full story, with the show's enhanced security measures and a post-show review from Nathan himself, below...

Continue reading "WAVVES played Atlanta (there was peace, it 'was awesome')"

Band quit ! Fuck them ! They are boring rich kids who can't play for ahit anyways .. Say hello to your ugly and boring wifes opps I mean ..." - Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard's bass player @ LPR (more by Jake Forney)
Jay Reatard

When asked about past Tweets, Jay said people needed to get a sense of humor and not take them so seriously. Assuming Jay's above-quoted Tweet is actually true, that means no more crazy-looking bass player guy (!)... who actually admits he can't play for shit in the short Jay Reatard documentary which you can watch at the bottom of our recent interview. It also means that the recent show at Le Poisson Rouge was one of Jay's last with his band. Jay's next scheduled show is October 15th in Seattle.

Jared Swilley @ the Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jared Swilley

After reading what happened Friday night at Daddy's from the point of view of one in attendance, and then hearing what Nathan Williams aka WAVVES had to say about it, Buddyhead called up Jared from Black Lips to hear how he remembers it....

"First of all, I just wanna say that Wavves was NOT involved in that fight. That faggot didn't even touch me.

I've never "come after" that kid, it wasn't four a.m., that wasn't my girlfriend, no one was spitting, and I didn't attack him. I don't give a shit about that kid and his music.

What happened was, after we finished our set I went to Daddy's with some friends and saw that faggot from Wavves talking to a photographer friend of mine. The only thing I did was walk up to him and say "You're that faggot from Wavves and I don't like you". He smiled a bit but didn't say anything.

After that, I went outside and saw their tour manager hanging around with some guys. They started getting all chuckles with me and so I told them I wasn't gonna have it. After that, Wavves tour manager hit me square in the face with a bottle. Blood started pouring out and six dudes fucking started kicking me until I blacked out.

All I remember is getting hit with the bottle and my friends dragging me to another bar. They wrapped my head up until I looked like a Confederate soldier.

So yeah, I lost the fight.

I also missed three flights. I've been in the airport all day having stewardesses cleaning my head because it kept cracking open. You can't go on board if you're bleeding.

Bottom line is that faggot from Wavves didn't even hit me. Never touched me. And he should've, cuz he had a free shot.

He's coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we're gonna get ugly on him. We're gonna destroy their van, we're gonna destroy their faces, we're gonna get crazy on em'. Nasty style.

PREVIOUSLY: an official statement from WAVVES re: the Black Lips fight

Who's Your Daddy? (Daddy's in Williamsburg) (by bitchcakes via Free Williamsburg)
Daddys

"Talking shit about me on the Internet is one thing, I can handle that all day but when some dude is just looking for a fight at 4 in the morning talking shit to my face and his girlfriend is spitting in the face of all my friends it's a whole different story. I have no problem wih black lips or anybody else that i havent met but jared has been at me every chance he had. I just want to play music and have fun. It was unfortunate that it escalated to that point but he got what was coming to him."- Nathan Williams (WAVVES)
PREVIOUSLY: Nathan WAVVES & Jared from Black Lips fought @ Daddy's after the Roseland & Market Hotel shows (there was blood)

A video of Zach Hill playing with WAVVES from a show a few nights ago, below...

Continue reading "an official statement from WAVVES re: the Black Lips fight"

WAVVES @ Market Hotel last night (9/25) (more by Leia Jospe)
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"Wavves was playing with Zach Hill as his drummer [at Market Hotel] and the sound was different and pretty cool.

We were partying pretty hard, and as always seems to happen, the party moved to Daddy's after everything was settled up. Daddy's was packed and the remnants of the Beets (welcome home, boys!) show at Dead Herring (happy birthday Cathy!) and the Black Lips show [at Roseland Ballroom (they opened for Yo La Tengo)] also had migrated to the ever popular "hot spot". Star Studded scene to the maxxxx, if you like slightly "important" indie rockers.

Now, I didn't see exactly how the fight happened, but I had heard the gossip a few months back about Jared (from Black Lips) talking shit about Nathan on the Internet. Pitchfork went as far as to wonder if Nathan and Jared would have a confrontation when they both played this summer's p4k fest in Chicago. Needless to say, that didn't happen.

Well, I suppose last night was the perfect storm. I didn't see the beginning, but I did see people dragging Nathan and Jared apart, and then Jared and a popular DJ running at Nathan again, spilling beer all over everyone (including me), and punches being thrown. The lights at Daddy's were turned on, the cops showed up, but Jared and the chick were not ready to stop fighting and were even trying to fight other people outside the bar. Jared was bloody. Nathan was fine. Insane. Weirdest indie rock moment I've experienced." [PopJew]

My friend Dave G tells me there was a broken bottle which might explain Jared's blood and serious anger. Stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE: Nathan says Jared "got what was coming to him"

UPDATE 2: Jared says "Wavves was NOT involved in that fight"

photos by Joseph Xu

"Damn homeboy in M83 has the weakest slap I have ever seen...inviting the crowd on stage is almost as stupid as stage diving to watered down synth-pop" - Jay Reatard

M83

Anthony Gonzalez of M83 played a free NYC show at the WFC Winter Garden on July 14th. He then traveled to the Pitchfork Fest for a set on July 19th (which is where the photos here are from). On the way, Gonzalez had a bit of trouble at his show in Columbus, OH.

Moments before M83's set came to a finish, during closer "Couleurs", Kibby invited the mainly docile crowd on stage to "bring down the house together." While 30 or so accepted the invitation (including myself), and one concert-goer even went so far as to knock over the glass shield in front of Maurin, all three members remained unfazed and continued through their dynamic jam. Unfortunately, not everyone held those exact sentiments.

Production staff at the Wexner Center started breaking it up. Fans were ushered off stage, then abruptly pushed off, to which it became a screaming jamboree. Although the fans followed orders, Gonzalez was not happy. He wasn't having it. Because 30 seconds later, he waved fans on stage again, all in the name of dance. This time, however, production staff became angry, violent, and irate. Immediately, they pushed oncoming fans off the stage and stood at the front blockading people from jumping back up. This didn't sit well with Gonzalez, who blew up, yelling "Fuck you" into the microphone at the production staff for messing up their set, all while the two accompanying musicians continued playing. You can only imagine the musical genius at hand.

While one member of their touring staff tried to quell the argument, it was too late. Gonzalez left his post and confronted the production manager for the venue head on, hitting him violently with the open palm of his left hand. The crowd, which continued dancing, appeared stunned as well. Strangers turned awestruck to their neighbors as if to say, "Did you see that?". What's more (and kind of, um, bad ass), the band actually finished its song, and Gonzalez jumped into the excited crowd, who threw him up jubilantly. Soon after, M83 exited and the fans dispersed, knowing they not only saw a great show, but saw their newfound hero (Gonzalez) kick ass in their name.[Consequence of Sound]

This morning (as reported by Pitchfork), Anthony issued an apology.

That apology, a video of the event and Gonzalez discussing it the next day at Pitchfork (as the Thermals play in the background), with more pictures from Pitchfork, below...

Continue reading "Anthony Gonzalez (M83) slapped security (video), apologized (letter) +++ he played the WFC in NYC & Pitchfork (pics)"

by Black Bubblegum

Mayhem at Irving Plaza (more by Paul Birman)
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With the end clearly in sight, the Mayhem tour has withered (pun!) away into a solo tour with the defection of Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered from the ranks. Marduk has been AWOL since the start. Our colleague Justina Villanova reports for Metal Injection:

It was a brutal (not in a good way) end to the tour. For the most part, no one got to say goodbye to anyone. It was abrupt and unexpected (that's what she said). Most of all, it painted the final picture of the kind of people Mayhem are.
Yikes. Her side of the story continues here. All affected tour dates are below...

Continue reading "every other band dropped off the Mayhem tour"

Wayne Coyne and Win Butler

"I'm a fan of [Arcade Fire] on one level, but on another level I get really tired of their pompousness," says [Wayne] Coyne [of the Flaming Lips]. "We've played some shows with them and they really treat people like shit. Whenever I've been around them, I've found that they not only treated their crew like shit, they treated the audience like shit. They treated everybody in their vicinity like shit. I thought, 'Who do they think they are?' I don't know why people put up with it. I wouldn't put up with it. I don't care if it's Arcade Fire or Brian Eno. If either of them walked into a room and treated people like shit I'd be like, 'Fuck you, get outta here.'

He continues, "People treat Arcade Fire like they're the greatest thing ever and they get away with it. Those sort of opinions change my view of their music. They have good tunes, but they're pricks, so fuck 'em. Who does Arcade Fire think they are? I've been around groups. I've been around the Edge from U2 and he's the fucking sweetest guy ever. I was around Justin Timberlake when he was young and he was just a normal, nice, kind person. Anyone can be polite and kind and people who have the privilege and money and attention should understand that. If they don't, then fuck 'em." [Rolling Stone]

Rolling Stone posted that Wayne Coyne quote earlier today, and now Win Butler has responded on ArcadeFire.com (click on "Win" and then "Win's Scrapbook").